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crankygeeks 189 episode

by pcmag

Published October 21, 2009


This is episode 189 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:

Episode 189:
Companies Tell FCC to Ditch Net Neutrality, Windows 7 On Deck, Tech Insider Trading Scandal, and more...

What's new in Episode 189

Today's Guests:
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editor, GigaOm.com
Molly Wood, Executive Editor, CNet
Roger Chang, Producer, Revision3

The Topics:
Companies to FCC: Ditch Net Neutrality

As the FCC moves toward developing formal Net neutrality rules, some U.S. lawmakers and tech companies have told the agency that new regulations will cause more problems than they're worth. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last month that he would seek to develop formal rules prohibiting ISPs from selectively blocking or slowing Web content.

Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard

CNET Labs tested the two operating systems side by side and finds that while Snow Leopard is faster with Apple software, Windows 7 is the way to go when it comes to serious gaming. Windows 7 noticeably outpaced Snow Leopard in 3D image rendering benchmarks.

PCMag Readers Love Their iPhones

In PCMag's most recent reader survey on service and reliability for cell phones, the iPhone won by a huge margin. How is it that so many people complain about the exclusive deal that AT&T has with Apple as the only U.S. carrier, but people then turn around and laud the phone to no end?

Tech Insider Trading Scandal

Among those charged in the largest hedge-fund insider trading case in US history last week was IBM Sr. VP Robert W. Moffat, and a director in Intel's investment division. In the wake of the arrests, the IBM executive's IBM biography and numerous other web citations for him were sweepingly taken down.

Microsoft's "Lifeblogging" Camera

Microsoft has talked before about developing a camera to be slung around the necks of people with Alzheimers to help them recall where they've been. A version of this device will now be mass-produced by a UK firm, Vicon. It is worn around the neck and takes an image every thirty seconds. It will also be aimed at "lifebloggers."

Topic links:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9139432/Companies_lawmakers_tell_FCC_to_dump_Net_neutral
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31012_7-10319612-10355804.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0
http://gigaom.com/2009/10/09/why-the-end-of-atts-iphone-exclusivity-would-be-good-for-apple/
http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/10/17/1640237/Arrested-IBM-Exec-Goes-MIA-On-the-Web
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/10/17/178249/MSs-Lifeblogging-Camera-Enters-Mass-Production


Run time 30:30
Producer pcmag
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


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